An Area of the National Technology Initiative ‘EnergyNet’ was Opened at Sevastopol State University


A unique area of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) in the programme ‘EnergyNet’ was opened at Sevastopol State University. Its concept is fully consistent with new images of the energy grid and the energy market of the future.

Among the guests and participants of the event were Dmitry Peskov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Digital and Technological Development, Vadim Medvedev, Head of the Department of Innovation and Advanced Studies of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and Mikhail Razvozhaev, Acting Governor of Sevastopol.

‘EnergyNet’, one of the nine roadmaps of the NTI, involves the creation of an intelligent distributed energy industry, reliable and flexible distribution networks and an ecosystem of energy producers and consumers.

“Specialists of this programme will operate the equipment of the future, specifically modern switching equipment, as well as various geosystems that are capable of supporting intelligent distributed energy industry,” said Svetlana Petrova, Head of the Department of Intelligent Power Supply Networks.

Work on the area was led by a team of architects from Moscow.

“We perceived it as a single organism. As a result, five zones appeared: a reloading zone - a resting place, a commutator one - for teachers, a transformer one - a lecture hall, a dispatch room and a generator room - rooms for students to study. Students can independently reorganize the area to fit their needs. The colors, smells and sounds present in it create a special atmosphere. This is an important aspect of interaction with people”, said a representative of the architectural team.

Smart adaptive networks designed at EnergyNet allow you to mitigate the problems associated with the deterioration of energy networks. The relevance of the work of the sphere for Sevastopol, Crimea and the whole country was emphasized by the Deputy Head of the EnergyNet working group, Alexei Chaly.
“Now we are still working with the legacy of the Soviet Union. The standard service life of networks is 25-35 years. Over the past 28 years, very little has been done. At the moment, the average age of networks is critical. A layman understands little of the scale of the financial threat looming over us. A completely different view of technology and organization allows us to say that these costs can be almost halved”, he said

Each student of the ‘EnergyNet’ programme not only has a scientific supervisor, but a real project and an industrial customer.

“A request for a student’s competence is being formed and updated all the time. If a person proves to be capable in a certain field of knowledge, then the task of the scientific supervisor is to assemble the groups and pack them in the project logic so that the students demonstrate strengths and complement each other”, said Oleg Grinko, Leader of the Federal Workgroup ‘Energynet’ of the NTI.